Two CCSD Educators Named Apple Teachers by Apple, Inc.

Two CCSD Educators Named Apple Teachers by Apple, Inc.

Woodstock Elementary School teacher Kristen Brooks and Cherokee County School District Technology Network Analyst Carol Dickerson are CCSD’s first employees to be named Apple Teachers by Apple, Inc.!


Kristen Brooks


Carol Dickerson

Apple Teachers are recognized for their understanding of how to use Apple Products for teaching and learning.  They have proven knowledge of using iPad, Mac, and built-in apps to enhance productivity and inspire creativity in their classroom.  In order to earn the designation, an educator must pass eight online learning modules designed by Apple.

Apple Teachers are provided the opportunity to access additional Apple learning materials to help their colleagues discover the power of Apple tools in the classroom.  The professional development program helps to facilitate the use of Apple devices to which students have access and can be tailored to all grade levels.

Ms. Brooks, a 22-year educator, also is a Certified BrainPOP Educator, an OSMO ambassador, a Seesaw ambassador, a 2015 PBS Digital Innovator Award recipient and is Apple Vanguard Certified.

Ms. Dickerson has worked for CCSD for 17 years; for the past four years, her primary responsibilities have been to configure, deliver, repair and train Apple Products.  She is CCSD’s Apple Foundations Trainer and the leader for CCSD’s new Apple Vanguard Team.

Both educators will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the Oct. 13 School Board meeting.

CCSD to Host Parent Input Meetings on “Instructional Framework”

The Cherokee County School District is currently developing a comprehensive, consistent and systemic “Instructional Framework” plan for teaching and learning that is focused on establishing consistent, research-based expectations for teaching and learning, identifying the most effective instructional and assessment strategies to increase student achievement, as well as to support and sustain teacher effectiveness in the classroom.

The draft document can be reviewed here:  draft-instructional-framework

Opportunities for feedback on the “Instructional Framework” draft document  from CCSD’s parents and stakeholders have been scheduled for each CCSD Innovation Zone.  Parents and stakeholders are invited to attend any of the sessions listed below:

Instructional Framework Stakeholder Feedback Zone Meetings

Discussion/Feedback Facilitated by Susan McCarthy & Keith Bryant

Date Zone Location Time
Monday, October 10, 2016 Etowah Zone

Kathleen Chandler

(EIZ Lead Principal/host)

Etowah HS


6:00 p.m.
Monday, October 17, 2016 Woodstock Zone

Mark Smith

(WIZ Lead Principal/host)

Woodstock HS


6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 Cherokee Zone

Dr. Susan Zinkil (host)

(CIZ Lead Principal/host)

Cherokee HS


7:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 20, 2016 River Ridge Zone

Dr. Kerry Martin

(RRIZ Lead Principal/host)

River Ridge HS


6:00 p.m.
Monday, October 24, 2016 Sequoyah Zone

Dr. Ann Gazell

(SIZ Lead Principal/host)


Dean Rusk MS


6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Creekview Zone

Karen Carl

(CIZ Lead Principal/host)

Creekview HS


6:00 p.m.

The Wall That Heals Display Coming to Arnold Mill ES


The Wall That Heals Vietnam Veterans memorial display will be exhibited at Arnold Mill ES from Nov. 17-20.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund will bring The Wall That Heals display to Arnold Mill Elementary School next month!

The 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile education center, will be installed outside the school building on Nov. 16, and open to the public at no charge from Nov. 17 to 20.

Here’s more information from the Memorial Fund:
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is the most visited memorial in our Nation’s Capital, with more than four million visitors each year. However, many Americans have not been able to visit what has become known to many as “The Wall.” The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the organization that built The Wall, wants to give all veterans and their family members all across America an opportunity to see the Memorial through The Wall That Heals display.

Since its debut in 1996, more than two million people have visited The Wall That Heals sites. The replica Wall is approximately 250 feet in length, and like the original Memorial is erected in a chevron-shape. The names on The Wall That Heals replicate the names on The Wall in Washington, D.C. As on The Wall, the names are listed alphabetically by day of casualty.

The exhibit also includes a mobile Education Center comprised of: photos of service members whose names are found on The Wall; letters and memorabilia left at The Wall in D.C.; a map of Vietnam and a chronological overview of the conflict in Vietnam. The exhibits tell the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the era surrounding the conflict, and are designed to put American experiences in Vietnam in a historical and cultural context.